also, how cut down a version of windows is this? i.e will i still be able to use bittorrent or emule at the same time as watching dvd's if i was to buy mce & replace XP? having never seen this version of windows, how much better is it for a htpc? i currently am finding xp is ok individually, but is a pain to tie up all different programs tidily so that say my mother could use it!. i need divx auto switching refreshrates depening on source dvd ditto sweetspot / descaler with sky running through all tied into a nice front end, possible rigged up to my remote. then also i need the ability for emule & Azureus, as well as web surfing. remote desktop is also handy so i can fiddle about with it in the other room while the tv is in use in the lounge. is all of this possible?, if so is it easier with mce or xp cheers M.